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Global Entrepreneurship: A Catalyst for Change

Posted By: Anelisa Lauri NACCE Blog ,

On January 21, NACCE hosted its first webinar of the year about our new Global Entrepreneurship Center of Practice and the release of our Impact ED book. Back in November, NACCE announced its latest center of practice focused on global entrepreneurship and its timely importance for community college education and society as a whole. In addition, NACCE President and CEO, Dr. Rebecca Corbin released her latest book Impact ED. As part of the launch of the book, Dr. Corbin joined other authors in a knowledge jam to discuss the importance of global entrepreneurship education to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Thursday’s webinar brought this conversation directly to our NACCE members and friends in an activity driven design thinking group exercise lead by NACCE’s Director of Innovation and Equity Jeff Smith.

Over 50 participants from more than 30 states joined forces to discuss problems their communities face, and how they as administrators and faculty members can help tackle these issues. Nicholas Jew from San Juan College said,

I would like to continue to brainstorm and build upon our ideas started here working with all of the wonderful people I met today.

Jeff Smith stated,

“It was an honor to participate in a design thinking workshop with so many leaders who are dedicated to entrepreneurial leadership as catalyst for global change.” 

Our webinar also featured guest speakers Dr. Jeffrey Mrizek and Sam Driggers. Dr. Mrizek serves as the Dean of Effective Practices, Chancellor's Office Division of Workforce and Economic Development in California, but is also the founder of Global Urban Nomads, whose mission is to cultivate a global community of creative and compassionate leaders who are catalysts for positive change. Sam Driggers, M.A., CEcD, is a cross-border Commercial Diplomacy Expert. Both spoke about their respective experiences on the critical role they see community colleges play in best serving their students and local communities with a global lens.

NACCE’s Global Entrepreneurship Center of practice seeks to serve members in a variety of ways including:

  • Providing research & development data 
  • Offering professional development programs 
  • Giving students access to global entrepreneurship resources
  • Sharing scholarship and grant opportunities, as well as faculty exchange programs 
  • Engaging in global entrepreneurship activities

We look forward to providing a space and platform for our members to cultivate ideas and share best practices.  


How can we help?

Are you planning a global entrepreneurship related initiative? Tell us what you are working on and what resources you need. Funding, technology, mentorship, network, etc. Log in to NACCE Meets so we can discuss as a community in our center of practice page.

Questions? Please contact Anelisa Lauri and Nataliia Berezhna.